BIRDS OF THE BAY
California Birding Pages
Site of the author of Birds of San Francisco and the Bay Area.
Clara County Bird Lists
Bill Bousman and Kendric Smith have kept these lists of bird
sightings for several years now on this Stanford website.
The starting point for finding information about bluebirds and
other cavity nesting birds.
California Cavity Nesters Recovery Program
Engages volunteers in building, installing, and monitoring nest boxes in Santa Clara County. Data collected through our monitoring program is then sent on to the statewide California Bluebird Recovery Program.
Boxes and Accessories
No matter which type you build, follow these guidelines. Nest
boxes to thwart various predators and weather conditions.
Primary causes of population declines in California, as elsewhere,
are human conversion of habitats and eradication of burrow-generating
mammals. The California Burrowing Owl Consortium, formed in 1990,
has contributed to increased conservation of this declining species.
Down to as few as 22 individuals in 1982, the condor population became the subject of one of the most radical restoration efforts ever undertaken -- all the remaining wild birds were captured as part of an ambitious captive breeding program.
New bird in town: Rare California condors hang out on San Jose's Mount Hamilton
June 24, 2011. Only 20 miles east of downtown San Jose, five endangered California condors have been sighted above Mount Hamilton, socializing with turkey vultures and perching atop a Lick Observatory dome.
Way of a Jay
I, and several of my Ben Rogers's Park neighbors have managed
to tame one (or several) of these birds to eat peanuts from our
hands. This species is quite bold and easy to tame.
to the Mockingbird
Recently a reader emailed me that a mockingbird sings in a tree
close to his house each night and keeps him awake. He wanted
to know how to discourage this bird from nesting near his house
or from singing there at night.
This beautiful little heron, one of nature's daintiest and most
exquisite creatures, is the most charming of all our marsh birds.
They can often be spotted along the canals that criss-cross our
Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society
We have many volunteer opportunities taking place throughout
the week (days and evenings) and on weekends. We would love to
have you work with us.
The Santa Cruz Predatory Bird Research Group
A good site for finding more about the endangered (or not) predatory
birds often seen in our hills. A resource to agency biologists,
industry, and university researchers who require our expertise
with problem solving and management of avian species, especially